Saudi Arabia’s first skyscraper is designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, who also happens to be the brains behind the 42-storey glass building where Fraser Suites Sydney is located.
The 267m tower is easy to recognise with its huge glass globe (24 metres in diameter and made of 655 glass panels) near the top and a sharp point at the summit. Come night fall, the tower lights up – a stunning sight on the city’s landscape.
Below you’ll find Al Faisaliah Mall, home to a Harvey Nichols flagship department store and a restaurant situated in the mall’s giant, golden geodesic orb. The three-storey dome offers panoramic views of the city – even more spectacular if you manage to book a table for a special occasion at sunset.
If you’re looking to enjoy a drink or two, why not try the Saudi Champagne? A blend of apple juice, sparkling water, sliced fruit and fresh crushed mint, the non-alcoholic alternative is perfect for Riyadh’s hot climate.
Tip: For a more authentic and wallet-friendly dinner option, a short 5-minute drive away is Najd Village. Do try the kasba (meat with rice) or Najd-region speciality, hashi (baby camel).
From Al Faisaliah Tower you have a clear view of the Kingdom Centre, the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the country.
With a sweeping cutaway at the top, the two sides are connected by the Sky Bridge sitting 300 metres above ground level. Two high-speed lifts whoosh you up to the 99th floor to brave the walk across the enclosed bridge. While there are some restrictions on taking photographs in the country, you can feel free to snap away at the breath-taking view here.
If heights are not for you, spend the hours at the shops instead. The luxury mall here is all about designer outlets. There’s a popular women-only shopping floor for a more comfortable experience.
Tip: Avoid the Sky Bridge on weekends and evenings after 6pm when it can get very crowded. Many malls, souqs and tourist destinations have special hours set aside for single men to visit so check in advance.
Round up your experience of the capital by making Fraser Suites Riyadh your luxurious home away from home. Ideally located in the growing financial district of Olaya and minutes away from many of the best places to visit in Riyadh, it is the perfect base for both business and leisure.